October 2, 2022

Volume XII, Number 275

Desmond D. Connall, Jr.

Desmond D. Connall, Jr. is a partner in Ballard's Washington, D.C. and Baltimore offices, and heads the Leasing Team in the firm's Real Estate Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in leasing, purchase and sale and development matters, and is particularly experienced in office and retail leasing transactions. Des has worked on many of the most significant real estate projects in the Washington, D.C. region on behalf of anchor tenants, landlords, and developers. He also serves as the firm's leasing counsel.

Representative Matters

During more than three decades in practice, Des has worked on many noteworthy transactions, including representation of:

  • Harris Teeter, Inc., in leases and acquisitions for new locations in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland, including many stores in some of the most complex mixed-use developments in Washington

  • The CoStar Group in leases for offices throughout the United States over the last 17 years, including the purchase, sale, and leaseback of the company's headquarters in Washington, D.C.—transactions that won Deal of the Year honors from the Washington Business Journal in two consecutive years (2011 and 2012)

  • The trustee for bondholders in numerous transactions related to the Farms of New Kent development in New Kent County, Virginia, including a deed in lieu of foreclosure and the sale of residential building lots to homebuilders.

  • A movie theater chain in leases for theaters throughout the country

  • A large shopping center owner for approximately 15 years in retail leases in centers throughout northern Virginia

  • A developer in the purchase of property in northern Virginia for a mixed-use project including residential and retail space

  • Represents Telus, an international telecommunications company, in U.S. real estate transactions

  • AmeriDream in the development of a low-income affordable housing project in Washington, D.C.

  • Represents ELV Associates, Inc., in office lease transactions in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

  • The Associated General Contractors of America in a joint venture development of a northern Virginia office building

  • A developer in a single lease of three office buildings in Rockville, Maryland, to a technology company

  • The purchaser of a 360-acre farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

  • The master lessee of the shopping areas at Baltimore/Washington International Airport in retail lease transactions, including a complex lease with Silver Diner involving the closure and relocation of its restaurant

  • An office building owner in a 500,000-square-foot lease in Washington, D.C.

  • The purchaser in the acquisition of hydro-electric facilities in Virginia

  • The landlord in a headquarters lease with Pepco as the tenant

Articles in the National Law Review database by Desmond D. Connall, Jr.